Back to school. Back to work. Back to life. Back to reality.

That’s what September is all about –

usually. But not if you are a 12 x 12 in 2012 member! I got together with some amazingly generous participating authors to plan an end-of-summer party! This month, it’s all prizes and no study. Instead of a featured author and one prize, we have lots of authors giving stuff away. GREAT stuff!

Summer is NOT over!

So, dig your toes in the sand one more time, stick that umbrella back in your drink and soak up the last of the sun. This month, it’s all about fun!

(And if you are on the other side of the world, this is your ‘Congratulations-you-made-it-through-winter-and-spring-is-on-the-way’ party)!

Participants, in order to win a prize you must be an official challenger and leave a comment on this post (INCLUDING YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME) any time during the month of September for one point. On September 30th, l’ll put a check-in post on the blog.  If you complete a picture book draft in September, you can let us know in the comments of that post for another point. I will draw a winner using and announce on October 2nd.

Do not let the opportunity to win these fabulous prizes pass you by. Remember to comment on both posts!

HERE are the AMAZING prizes YOU could WIN!

  1. Picture book critique from author Tara Lazar
  2. Query letter critique from author Heather Ayris Burnell.
  3. Signed copy of author Sue Fliess‘ adorable new book TONS OF TRUCKS
  4. Picture book critique from author Susanna Hill
  5. Signed copy of the brand new book (release date Sept. 27) by Meter MaidCorey SchwartzTHE THREE NINJA PIGS! Kiya!
  6. Copy of author Sandy Asher’s indispensable book WRITING IT RIGHT: How Successful Children’s Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories
  7. A FREE gift certificate to attend author Emma Walton Hamilton’s 8-week Just Write for Kids picture book course!! If you missed your chance to win in June when Emma was our featured author, here’s another crack at this fantastic prize.
  8. A signed copy of author Jennifer Ward’s latest book (release date Sept. 18) THERE WAS AN OLD PIRATE WHO SWALLOWED A FISH along with a teacher’s guide, PLUS a picture book critique
  9. A special coupon from author/illustrator Katie Davis. It’s called the 12 PLUS 12. With it, you’ll have $24 (for non-math majors – $24 is 12+12) to spend however you choose in her products store. Not only does she already have incredibly helpful tools for authors, by October there will be even more for the winner to choose from.
  10. Signed copy of Lori Degman’s book ONE ZANY ZOO PLUS a rhyming picture book critique.
  11. Signed copy of author Donna Gephart’s book OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN and some bookmarks.
  12. Signed copy of author/illustrator Ben Clanton’s book VOTE FOR ME! and a hand drawn/painted coaster.

Want to give back to these wonderful authors who’ve given so much to the 12 x 12 community? BUY THEIR BOOKS! Write reviews for them on Amazon and Goodreads. Give them a tweet or a tumblr. 🙂

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  1. Wow, what a bonanza of booty! This is just wonderful generosity from all these authors and illustrators. Thank you, everyone and Julie.

  2. Oh wow! This is very cool! Ditto what Joanna said, and appreciate what everyone is doing and thankyou Julie. Yep its the first official day of spring down here and its looking good.
    Diane Tulloch

  3. This is fabulous!! What a nice surprise! Thanks, everyone!
    ~Tina Cho

  4. This is all kinds of awesome! You are already so generous to us 12 x 12 challengers! Thank you for this, Julie, and to all the people on your list who are kindly donating of their time, books, and other resources.
    Rebecca Colby

  5. Holy cow! Lots of prizes! A great way to start September! Thank you!

    Eric VanRaepenbusch

  6. OK, you convinced me… heading back to the beach with umbrella and cooler. And a map, since nearest beach is… ooh, I don’t know. Thanks for the 9-months along encouragement. We can make it. Yes we can.
    And thanks to all the generous folks donating prizes. Gotta go sharpen a pencil…
    ~Sue Heavenrich

  7. ‘Amazing’ doesn’t seem quite amazing enough to describe how great this. Thanks so much to the authors and Julie for putting this together!!!
    Carrie Finison

  8. Wow! What a fun way to end the summer. They are amazing prizes! You are amazing! Huge thanks to everyone for their generosity.
    Catherine Johnson

  9. I’m in. I’m in. – Stacy S. Jensen

  10. This is a party animal bunch and Julie you are quite a host! Fantastic…who wouldn’t come! Numerous multiple prizes! Count me in (for non-math majors that just means include me). Damon Dean

  11. Holy cow! Those are a lot of prizes! Happy September, everybody! -Julie Falatko

  12. You are too much! Thanks for arranging this lineup of goodies. Happy writing in September all!

  13. Wow, what have we done to deserve this, especially after such a lazy summer? Kirsten Larson

  14. Noooooooo! I’m not at all ready for summer to end, but I’m all up for a party! Time to celebrate and set new goals. Thanks for the chance at all these goodies, Julie. 😀

  15. Well, this bounty certainly softens the end-of-summer blow…though, honestly, in Georgia, we don’t say goodbye to summer till the first of November. THANKS to all the amazing folks who participated!

  16. Wow! What a lineup of prizes, Julie! I, too, am not ready to let go of summer…
    Jarm Del Boccio

  17. Sounds like fun. I’m ready for my favorite season–Fall.

  18. Wow what a fabulous surprise! You rock Julie. Thanks to everyone who donated.

    Darshana Khiani

  19. To the hostess with the mostess…thank you so much, Julie, for all you do and for putting this fantastic prize package together.
    My mission this weekend will be to write the children’s story for Susanna’s contest…and to post reviews on Amazon for as many of the generous prize contributors as I can. 🙂

  20. What a great list of booty. Thanks all!
    Dana Carey

  21. What a great opportunity. September is “back to regular routine” month after the flexibility and fun of summer. Looking forward to assessing, developing, and revising the manuscripts I’ve produced so far. Thanks Julie for creating this center of energy for all of us.
    Sallie Wolf

  22. Wow! What amazing and generous prizes. Thanks Julie and everyone who donated for the awesomeness!

    • Oops — forgot to include my name — here goes again… 😛

      Wow! What amazing and generous prizes. Thanks Julie and everyone who donated for the awesomeness!

      Margaret Greanias

  23. Wow. Thanks!

    Rena Traxel (Boudreau)

  24. Wow! What a bonanza! Might have to actually write a manuscript this month in order to get another entry!

  25. Ooooooo-I’m doin’ a summer’s not over, Julie Hedlund is awesome and so are all the contributors to this amazing end-of-summer party dance!! (Be glad you can’t see it….seriously.) Wow, thanks Julie and all you generous, brilliant, talented, fabulous authors (no—I’m not kissing up—but would it help me win something?) Love all of you – and blessings to everyone on your September ms.

  26. Whoa! This is outrageously outstanding!!!

  27. Wowza! Lots of great prizes. I’d be happy winning any one of them. Thank you to all the authors for their generosity. Thank you, Julie, for putting together such an amazing program. 12×12 rocks!

  28. Wow! This is an awesome way to celebrate the end of summer. Those are som uh-maz-ing prizes! Thank you for putting this together, Julie!
    Christine Alemshah

  29. Absolutely amazing party! What a way to start the school year. Thank you, everyone. 😀 Brenda Harris

  30. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! Good luck on your September manuscripts, everyone! – Annie Silvestro

  31. Pamela Courtney
    This is so generous of everyone! Wow, the amount of work it must have taken to get this all together. You’re amazing, Julie! I wish everyone success for the month of September!

  32. Wow, what an AMAZING and generous booty of prizes! Count me in! Thank you everyone! 😀
    Dana Atnip

  33. Wow! What an amazing array! Thank you, Julie! We belong to the best club, don’t we? :). Happy September! – Marcie Colleen

  34. I keep having to push myself to get any writing done, so tired these days, but this is such a very generous and wonderful end-of-summer (boo hoo!) party. I am trying with the group again and hoping I get a draft completed this month.
    Thanks, Julie, and all offering prizes.
    Lynn A. Davidson

  35. BANG! Should have known after the ‘Halfway’ video, that Julie couldn’t let the summer end quietly. What a great group of big-hearted giver’s you’ve pulled together! – Julie Rowan-Zoch

  36. YES! Bring it on, September. I hope to be a bit more on the ball this month.This bevy of prizes will surely be a swift kick in the pants.
    Carter Higgins

  37. Julie, You are fantastic 🙂
    Thank you!


  38. A WOW from me too. This is a mega cache of wonderful prizes. Thanks so much to all who’ve donated. Happy to be a member of this club!!!

  39. And I though September was awesome bacause it’s my birthday month! WOW! Fingers crossed I get my hands on one of these babies!
    Drinks up!!

    Bethany Telles
    (soon-to-be one year older!)

  40. Wow. It’s the end of summer cornucopia of prizes. Cool!!!!

    Beth MacKinney

  41. Now that’s what I call swag. Count me in, and thanks to all the authors for being so fabulous!
    Renee LaTulippe

  42. What an amazing way to start off September!! Thank you, Julie and a special thank you to all those who donated prizes. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for one of the critiques

  43. Survived winter (just) and spring has sprung down here in Aus (now I just have to write my PBs through fits of hayfever lol).

    These are great pries, Julie!

    Jo Hart

  44. ooooooh looks fantastic. kelly mcdonald (kelly artist illustrator)

  45. I’m trying to finish up August PB and I’ve already gotten my idea for September…lol…what a great incentive to make sure I get BOTH done this month…;~)

    Donna L Martin

  46. Kathleen Cornell Berman

    What wonderful ideas and prizes for the end of the summer party!! Thank you Julie and all of the participating party people.

    Kathy Cornell Berman

  47. Thank you, thank you, thank you……..

    Kim Mounsey

  48. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the very generous donors & the amazing Julie for coordinating all of these goodies! Time to start writing!

  49. So super! What a way to send off summer…can’t we do it all over again?
    Lisa Rogers

  50. Egad woman!!!! Bodacious prizes for some lucky writers. I love what you said at the end. Let us give back, peeps! Whoopee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started on my Sept. draft today.

    Robyn Campbell

  51. I’m desperately wanting summer to stay. Thank you for softening the blow of its departure with your amazing gifts! Thank you to all the contributors! Keep going, good writers!

  52. WooHoo! Sign me up.
    Julie, you’re the best.
    Karen Kallis Cheesman

  53. So excited it is Spring – your lovely giveaways just add to that exciting start to a new season! Thank you to all the generous contributors and all your hard work Julie.

    Ramona Davey

  54. Holy schmoley! That is a whole lotta goodness! Thank you so much!

    Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

  55. Wow! That’s a lot of prizes! Looks like September is going to be a great month! 🙂

    Rebecca Fyfe

  56. Oh my!!! It’s like Christmas in September! Thank you for the reminder to review the books on Amazon and Goodreads. I buy the books when I can, but I don’t always remember to write about how wonderful they are. My fall project will be catching up on my books reviews. Cheers! Heather Newman

  57. Thanks so much for all you do. I am constantly impressed and inspired by your generosity to this community. I have LOVED 12 X 12 in 2012. Donna Koppelman

  58. This is so astonishing I’m almost beyond words. (almost. I don’t know if I’ve ever been totally beyond words… )

    What wonderfully generous people — and what a wonderfully thoughtful Julie! I will cross my fingers for one of those critiques. (I’ve already taken Emma’s Just Write for Kids course, so count me out of the running for that one. It is WONDERFUL, I must add.)

    Beth Stilborn, who would do a happy dance if she could.

  59. Woo-hoo!
    A plethora of prizes!
    Thank you for all your hard work with this, and for giving me the chance to use plethora in a blog comment
    (It doesn’t happen NEARLY enough these days!)


  60. I’m not sure I’m ready for the end of summer, but I am definitely ready for more writing!
    Lisa Ventrella

  61. Whoa! This is one awesome party. Count me in! Hannah Holt

  62. This is a Prize Palooza
    And I’m a gonna dooza
    A draft or maybe twoza
    You inspired me anewza
    You da bomb Julie! Wooza!!!

    Many thanks to you, Julie, for getting this wonderful trove of prizes together…and many thanks to the whole crew(za) of authors who contributed! What generosity 🙂

    Penny Klostermann

  63. Wow! What a fantastic assortment of prizes!! Thank you to all those who sre donating books, critiques, and more!!

    -Alison Hertz

  64. What a terriffic assortment of prizes from some extremely generous authors. I’m going to finish a draft this month for sure. My kids start school today so I think I’ll start on my draft today, too! Kim Murray

  65. Wow, that’s awesome, thank you!

    Nicole Zoltack

  66. A party . . . all prizes no study . . . all about fun! I’m in! Thanks, Julie, for all your hard work throughout the year. And thanks to all of you generous authors for helping to make this party even more exciting.

  67. What a great idea. I’m in.
    -Kristen Applebee

  68. Can’t turn down an invitation to such a wonderful party! Thanks Julie.
    – Cathy Mealey

  69. WOW! what great prizes!!!! I’m so in 😀

    Saba N Taylor

  70. Thanks for the PAAARTYYY Julie! Great prizes can’t wait to write my PB this month.

    Melissa Mead

  71. What a great party! Thank you for this wonderful 12 x 12 group. Here’s to a great September! 🙂

  72. Best. Party. Ever!!! Thanks for inviting me. 😀
    -Jan O’Neil

  73. What an amazing array of prizes this month! Crossing my fingers that this is my lucky month! ~Nessa Morris

  74. Haha! Amazing! Way to make September better. 🙂
    — Ella Kennen

  75. This is am amazing list of names all willing to help us newbies. Amazing! This is incentive to stare at the screen some more, waiting for the Sept. muse to make itself known!

    • This is am amazing list of names all willing to help us newbies. Amazing! This is incentive to stare at the screen some more, waiting for the Sept. muse to make itself known! And I aplogize for posting twice, but forgot my last name wasn’t in the profile..tsk. tsk. I know…
      Thanks for including me in the giveaway. Wendy Greenley

  76. What a great treat for the end of the summer 🙂 Thanks, Julie!

  77. Thanks for keeping us motivated. Even though I am back in the classroom and don’t have as much free time as I did before, I am thankful for you and for this community.
    Shai Stephenson

  78. Wow! What exciting and generous giveaways! Thank you, Julie and all the amazing contributors.

    Erin Pearson

  79. What an amazing month! Children’s book writers are so generous!

  80. I completely missed this post this month! Such a generous giveaway 🙂

  81. forgot to comment on this post.. catching up…cynthia iannaccone

  82. Also catching up here. Wow – seriously GOOD giveaways!

  83. What an amazing month of giveaways! =)
    Christine Alemshah

  84. I was so motivated by all of these wonderful prizes (thanks for organizing this, Julie, and for everyone’s generous donations!) that I finished my draft on Sept. 2 — that’s a 12×12 record for me!

    Heather Cyr

  85. Wow, great prizes! Thanks so much for the motivation, commeraderie, and inspiration, Julie!

  86. Wow! I want to come to the party. 🙂 Thank you for always lighting that little fire under my tush to help get the ideas out of my head and into my computer. This is a pretty awesome way to end the summer. Thank you to Julie and all of you wonderful contributors!
    Beth Thaler

  87. WOW! Lots of goodies at this party!
    Sheri Cook

  88. That is a bunch of awesome prizes! Thanks for all your hard work.

    Chris and Mel Bugaj

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